Benedum Hall is in the final stages of a comprehensive renovation designed to upgrade the building’s outdated utility infrastructure and renovate programmatic areas to provide state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities for the Swanson School of Engineering. In addition to improving the functionality and appearance of the building, the renovation has incorporated many sustainable features to reduce the building’s impact on the environment. The building’s windows were replaced with energy efficient reflective windows, and many energy and water-saving features were incorporated.
The project also included the University’s first green vegetative roof, and more than 75 percent of the project’s construction and demolition waste was recycled.
Phase I of the project earned LEED Gold certification, 2011. The project’s second phase is also pursuing LEED certification.